Alan Ibbotson’s self confessed musical progress, started with a tin banjo that he got for xmas 1963 on which he worked out the riff for ‘And Then I Kissed Her’€¯ by The Beach Boys. He played it all afternoon at his Nan’s house in London until they took it off him. Then, in true burgeoning musician manner, he went for the piano. The funny thing is, not only does he remember it clearly (as you would for a first true musical experience) but his cousins who where there remember it too, as they told him recently, although for them it was an early sign of his impending descent into Bohemian debauchery rather than a flag saying “Hey this kid’s good, give him a proper instrument”€¯. He seems to think the transition ended with the moment he realised that he was in fact a god, at Barnsley Polish Club last year, whilst playing with his band Seventy Seven.
Whichever way we cut it, Alan has a prodigious talent as a musician and a writer, spaning very many genres of music. His latest album’s style reflects his early transition into live music, as a folk acoustic musician and writer. One Good Summer is redolent with social and personal references which resonate with everybody’s personal experience. What’s more you’ll find melodies and lyrics from these songs resurfacing in your mind often. It is a must listen album. As soon as we heard the demos we knew that this album had to be produced and released. We’re very glad we did because the end product is truly excellent.
He formed the long running covers band ‘Jonny Seven’ which had a huge repertoire covering 50s Rock’n’Roll, 60s Beat & Mod, Blues, Soul 70s Glam & Punk,80s Rock,90s UK Britpop & US Grunge/Punk through to 2000s Alt/Indie. This has all made him a very versatile chap.
He is currently the guitarist in a 70s punk covers band and a Mod/Soul covers band.
Find out more about Alan’s Biography and his current gig schedule
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